A Collaboration between Friends of the Children and UO Head Coach, Robert Johnson
Fleetfoot’s Rise was written as a celebration of Eugene, its rich ties to the world of track and field and its passionate social service sector. On the tail end of a few years interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to share a story of hope, of gathering and of bringing people back together. In the damper and darker upper and latitudes of the world, we get a moment like that each year – when the sun suddenly announces its seasonal return – releasing a jubilant population back outdoors.
Finnley represents the hope we share about all children - that they will have the support needed to overcome the challenges they face – support that is particularly important when children are facing systemic and historical barriers that can inhibit their ability to succeed.